The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Friday afternoon that a total of 958 people in the county have tested positive for COVID-19.

But that number includes 746 inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility as well as 42 cases that have been reported at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

That leaves 170 of what the Health Department refers to as community cases. Of those, 69 are active.

The Leavenworth County Health Department is still offering COVID-19 testing for people who meet testing criteria.

People who are experiencing two or more of the COVID-19 symptoms are asked to call the Health Department at 913-250-2000, option 3, to be screened for testing.

The symptoms are a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, chills, muscle pain or general discomfort, headache, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste and diarrhea, according to the Health Department’s Facebook page.

Also, a COVID-19 drive-through testing site opened Friday in the parking lot of the Leavenworth Walmart store, 5000 10th Ave., according to a news release from a firm handling media relations for the site.

The site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local guidelines. This includes first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms.

The site will be open 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting.

People interested in being tested need to visit to find out if they are eligible and to make an appointment.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to individuals being tested.

Those being tested will need to wear masks and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, identification checks and the self-administered testing. The site uses a self-administered nasal swab test.

People who are awaiting the results of their tests are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading.

People who have questions regarding testing can call 800-635-8611.

Kansas is in the first phase of the governor’s plan for gradually easing restrictions related to COVID-19.

Phase 1.5 of the plan is scheduled to begin Monday.

Details of the plan can be found at

Several local high school graduation ceremonies had been planned for this weekend. But those ceremonies have been canceled because of restrictions related to the coronavirus.

However, Operation Graduation in Lansing is planning a vehicle parade to recognize graduating seniors from Lansing High School.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the high school, 1412 147th St.

To recognize graduating seniors from Pleasant Ridge High School, a video will be sent to members of the community. The video will include components of a traditional graduation ceremony including introductions of the salutatorian and valedictorians, according to Principal Lucy Warren.

The video will be distributed through email at 2 p.m. Sunday, which is when the graduation ceremony had been scheduled to take place. The video also will be posted on Facebook.

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